All things are stirring about. I watch their cycle. Things flourish, and each returns to it root.
Traditional Sanfeng Cultural Heritage
To understand constancy is called enlightening. Not to understand constancy is blindly to do unfortunate things. Understanding constancy, one gains capacity for forbearance. If forbearing, one can be just.
If just, one can administer the affairs of state morally. If one can administer the affairs of state morally, Then he can communicate with Heaven. To communicate with Heaven is to be accord with the Tao. Translation By Bill Porter. Being impartial is without desire. If always desirous, one sees the merest traces. It develops out of the three concepts: principle li , ch'i and form hsiang.
When these three are all developed, then principle and application are complete. As for form, it is modeled on the Great Ultimate and the eight trigrams. Ch'i is nothing but yin and yang, hard and soft. Principle controls that which is changeless in change and is the root of transformation. Students should first seek the proper form, in order to cultivate their ch'i. After some time, they will naturally grasp the principles.
Thus in practicing, we must observe the proper measure in the height of our stance, the lightness or heaviness of our movement, the extension and retraction of our advance or retreat, the expansiveness or fineness of our breath, the direction of our gaze and the position of the waist, head, back and belly. It is an error to be suddenly high and suddenly low, suddenly fast and suddenly slow, suddenly light and suddenly heavy, to suddenly thrust and suddenly retract, to be suddenly large and suddenly fine, or to go suddenly left, right, up, down, facing upward or downward without evenness.
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Only when the height of our stance and the speed of our hands is guided by the proper measure can we be free of the necessity for fixed rules of height and speed. These are the thirteen points. We must pay attention to every movement. Every posture must be precise. Not one of these thirteen concepts can be overlooked. I hope that students will maintain a careful and critical attitude.
Thus they need not be restricted as to which direction to face and can experiment with the four sides and four corners of the square. Those who are not familiar with the form should not advance to the applications, for without a solid foundation there will be few results. I hope that beginners will carefully study the postures shown in the illustrations. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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